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FdSc Healthcare Practice

For 2019 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Social Care & Health

This programme is ideal if you are already working in the healthcare sector in a health or social care role at NHS Band 3 or equivalent and want to extend your knowledge, skills and potential. It is also suitable if you are new to working in care and have completed recent academic study and/or relevant experience in a care setting.

The programme provides a thorough grounding in transferable clinical skills and underpins these with current, relevant theory and enables you to access and apply for Band 4/Assistant Practitioner posts once you are qualified. This innovative programme gives you the opportunity to work, earn and learn, using flexible modes of education including work-based learning and e-learning. In Year 1 you will develop an awareness of the modern landscape of care and learn about the social, cultural, spiritual, legal, political and economic influences impacting care delivery. You will be introduced to the human lifespan, both physical and psychological, and gain an understanding of the concepts of health and ill health. You will also consider the patient journey in depth and reflect on a range of patient experiences of health, illness and care.

In Year 2 you will explore the legal and ethical context of care and develop an understanding of evidence-based practice. You will complete a work-based project (that is directly relevant to service needs or service improvement) in collaboration with an employer. Your final module will prepare you for the transition into practice and you will leave the programme with a comprehensive career plan.

Throughout the programme, practice skills and specialist modules introduce you to the specific work-based skills and competencies you will be required to achieve. These modules run across both years and are evidenced through the completion of workbooks and portfolios. Employer partners are directly involved in teaching and assessing these skills.

Possible Progression (subject to availability)

– BSc (Hons) Health, Community & Social Sciences final year at Duchy Rosewarne

– BSc (Hons) Nursing second year at University of Plymouth

– BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at University of Plymouth

– BSc (Hons) Podiatry at University of Plymouth


Possible Careers

– Senior Healthcare Worker

– Assistant Practitioner

– Therapy Assistant Practitioner

– Dietetic Assistant Practitioner

– Community Assistant Practitioner

– Associate Practitioner


Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: B900
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points (32 from A2 Level). Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English language and maths. You will also need to work in a work-based clinical environment for 15 hours per week, to be agreed on application.


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Indicative Module Year 1

  • Foundations of Healthcare Practice
  • Biology of Health & Illness
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development
  • Issues in Health & Wellbeing
  • The Patient Journey: Practice & Principles
  • Understanding Practice

Indicative Module Year 2

  • The Context of Care
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Changing Practice
  • Competence in Practice

Options (choose two)

  • Tissue Viability
  • Independent Study
  • Work-based Learning
  • Long-term Conditions Care Management
  • Dementia & Cognitive Dysfunction: Care Management & Rehabilitation Strategies
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Communication & Therapeutic Engagement Skills

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Healthcare Practice

Start Date





2 years full-time

FdSc Healthcare Practice

Start Date





4 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information